Category Archives: Certified Postpartum Doula

Erin Anderson

Helping Hands Doulas
www.helpinghandsdoulas.com
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erin@helpinghandsdoulas.com
(917) 494-7523

I provide compassionate, personalized care for the whole family following the birth or adoption of a baby. I offer emotional, physical, and informational support that helps new parents feel comfortable, peaceful, and confident. My assistance with baby care and household chores give the new family time to recover and enjoy each other, while reducing the stresses of the outside world.

I was trained and certified as a Postpartum Doula by Birthingway College of Midwifery. I am experienced in working with families with twins, women who are having difficulties breastfeeding, and families experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety. I practice active listening and nonviolent communication. I am a volunteer and board member for Baby Blues Connection. I live in Southeast Portland with my husband Sam and my seven-year-old son Nico.

Serving the Portland Metro Area
$25/hr with discounts for customizable packages
Free In-home consultation

Barb Larrison

Helping Hands Doulas
www.helpinghandsdoulas.com
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barb@helpinghandsdoulas.com
(503) 775-1634

As a postpartum doula, I “mother the mother” by offering emotional, physical, and informational support. I can help you transition into motherhood by listening to your story, answering your questions, and offering a helping hand with newborn care and household chores.

My path to becoming a doula started in 1996, when I moved to Portland and became a caregiver in the infant room of a daycare center. In 2008, I became a mother, and now have two beautiful daughters. Once out of the trenches of early motherhood, I wanted to help new mothers navigate this challenging time of life. I received a postpartum doula certification through Birthingway College of Midwifery. I have cared for children of all ages (as well as the elderly). I have experience with multiples and overnight shifts. I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, cooking and gardening.

Serving the Portland Metro Area
Daytime and Nighttime shifts available
$25/hr
Free In-home consultation

Christina Perez

With You Doula
(206) 396-2696
withyoudoula@gmail.com

Serving families in around Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR.
Fee: $25 to $40/hr sliding scale.

I became drawn to the work of the postpartum doula after giving birth to my firstborn. I was blessed to be cared for by two wonderful labor doulas, who inspired me to learn more about what doulas do.

I see the early weeks after baby’s arrival as a treasured time, whether it’s your first or fourth baby. It’s a time for the parent to rest, be nourished, be nurtured and encouraged so that they will be confident in caring for their precious little one. During this special time, I feel it is also valuable to be in the company of a fellow person who can simply listen to the parent when they want to share their story; voice concerns or reveal their hopes and dreams for parenthood. When a parent feels like at least one other person gets them and can affirm that they are completely capable of raising their baby, it is empowering.

It’s that empowerment I hope to help foster in my clients, especially during a time when we somehow got this idea in our heads that to be a successful parent, we have to be able to do it all and without help. The people in my life who I view as great parents were never alone. They were courageous to reach out to their “village” of people when they needed help or someone to just listen. So, in addition to fostering empowerment, I wish to leave my clients with the assurance that reaching out to others for assistance shows strength and intelligence, not weakness or failure.

Some things I can do to serve families are light tidying around the house such as loading the dishwasher, preparing a light meal, doing a load of laundry or coordinating a meal train. I will happily assist with general baby care if needed like baby wearing, bathing baby or nursing. If you have older children, I can help to care for them so that you can focus on your new baby.

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica for 27 months. I currently live in Vancouver, Washington with my husband, three children and American bulldog. I enjoy practicing yoga, travel and trying out different restaurants in the Portland/Vancouver area.

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Leah Castaneda

Every Mama Doula Services
415-871-7487
leahrcastaneda@gmail.com
Serving Portland and the surrounding area (Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Lake Oswego)
Fee $25/hour

When my son was born in 2012, I experienced first-hand how overwhelming life with a newborn can be. I was completely unprepared for the physical, emotional, and practical challenges of those early days and weeks and I was unable to fully experience the joy and wonder of that precious time.

During my second pregnancy I followed the advice of our midwife and sought out a Postpartum Doula. The difference was profound. I discovered that having a knowledgeable and empathetic woman by my side allowed me to truly enjoy my daughter and to feel confident in my ability to care for and nourish her.

As a Certified Postpartum Doula I will provide you with the individualized support you need following the birth of your baby, recognizing that each family is unique. This support can include:

  • Education and assistance with newborn care
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Preparation of meals and snacks
  • Light housekeeping (laundry, dishes, etc.)
  • Sibling care and integration
  • Compassionate, non-judgmental emotional support as Mom (and Dad!) process the birth and adjust to life with a newborn
  • Caring for baby while Mom takes a much needed nap or shower

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with families during the tender postpartum period, and I would be happy to meet if you are interested in learning more about me or the many ways in which I can support you!

Annie Gilligan

Annie is a mom to two beautiful boys, as well as a postpartum doula, a trained labor doula and a licensed middle grades teacher. Her journey to finding joy in mothering has been a central part of her adult life, and she loves helping families find comfort during their earliest days. Her hope is that postpartum support allows parents to more deeply bond with their babies and establish a path of mutual understanding and joy.

Annie spent her earliest days under the Redwood trees in Boulder Creek, California – a reason perhaps that she has always loved tall trees and the quiet rhythm of nature. In becoming a mother herself, she had to learn how to slow down, trust her instincts and practice self care. As a postpartum doula she brings a grounded, warm and empathetic presence to all parents – respecting both the intense joys and challenges of raising children.

Annie completed her postpartum doula certificate through Birthingway College, her labor doula certificate through Doulas of North America (DONA) and graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Politics. She completed her Masters of Teaching from University of Portland and has a particular interest in positive discipline for classrooms and parents. In her free time, she enjoys walking with her dog and spending time in the Gifford Pinchot national forest with her family.

astewartgilligan@gmail.com

Calina Selmanson

wellwishesdoula4u@gmail.com
503.836.7668
wellwishesdoula.com

Serving Portland and surrounding areas since 2005-(Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and parts of Yamhill County)

I welcome clients of all backgrounds, diversities, ethnicities, sexualities, genders and family structures. Offering non judgemental support, evidenced based and current education to support informed decision making.

I am a Certified Postpartum & Labor Doula through Birthingway College, a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through the International Association of Infant Massage and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist through the International Placenta & Postpartum Association.

I began my path as a doula at age 18 and completed my labor doula training at Birthingway in 1998. That same year I worked with my best friend through the entire process of prenatal care, labor and postpartum time. I later helped that friend prepare for and welcome two more children as her doula and nanny. These experiences were pivotal in shaping my identity and philosophy as a doula. Through these early experiences I realized the value and benefits of continuity-of-care, serving families throughout the entire childbearing year.

While embarking on a career as a doula, my passion for the healing arts grew as I sought out many opportunities to add to my caregiver skill set. These include massage therapy, reiki, nutrition and herbal medicine, among many other modalities.

I formally completed my postpartum doula training, while enrolled in the midwifery program and certified in 2011.

I completed my midwifery studies in 2016. It was through this rigorous program and becoming a mother that I realized my deepest desire, serving women and their families in the role of a doula. Albeit, more skilled, confident and educated.

When preparing to have my own child, I was met with a myriad of unforeseen challenges. I experienced a surprise cesarean, after working very hard for three days to have an un-medicated water birth. Heavy with sadness and disappointment, I realized that my baby had her own plan. The birth had to unfold on its own accord, in order to provide a safe outcome for us both a very tough new mama lesson that has humbled me and given me even greater compassion for “Homebirth Cesarean Mamas” and all cesarean mothers alike. Planned or unplanned surgical birth is an incredible rite of passage to motherhood and is often an arduous recovery, which I see as under recognized.

I offer group and private infant massage classes at a discounted rate for doula clients. See wellwishesdoula.com and infantmassageusa.com for details. And placenta encapsulation services and remedies. Doula clients receive a special rate through available packages.

As an experienced herbalist, nutritional counselor and trained midwife, I instinctually incorporate this collective wisdom into all of my work.
I feel honored to serve your family during this transformative time!

When I’m not supporting you as your doula….
I enjoy spending quality time with my fun-loving and wild daughter Tulsie and my sweet and wonderful husband Aaron, along with our high strung and talkative furry child Mate’
My passions include wild-crafting herbs, plant medicine, cooking and kitchen alchemy, wine, gardening, aromatherapy, astrology, yoga, hula hooping, tarot, music and being near water.

 

Marissa Diebolt

Marissa Diebolt, Postpartum Doula
The Blessed Nest Doula Care
Serving the Portland metro area
p: 805-815-8972
e: doulamarissa@gmail.com
w: www.theblessednest.net

I have been passionate about caring for babies, mothers, and families for most of my life. My work as a postpartum doula allows me to apply my natural and intuitive gifts in communication, organization, and caregiving in a truly meaningful way during the precious time after birth.
My purpose as a postpartum doula is to support you in getting to know your newborn baby and yourself, finding a sense of peace and rhythm in your new paradigm. Whether I am holding baby so you can get some rest or take a shower, preparing a nourishing meal, or offering a listening ear, I want you to have the most healing postpartum experience possible. I provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you and your baby to rest and recover, empowering you to create a healthy foundation for a bright future with your family.
I feel that humans are born with an innate ability to care for their babies. Raising children is a deeply rewarding and invaluable aspect of life that I am honored to witness and support. I believe that quality postpartum care can contribute greatly to creating a positive future for families and generations to come.
My additional qualifications include:
-B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Community Development from UC Santa Barbara
-15+ years of childcare experience
-Excellent nanny and doula references in the Portland area and beyond
-Certified Usui Reiki practitioner
-Wellness Advocate with dōTERRA Essential Oils.

Cre’shea Hilton

creshea-hiltonPhone: 503.999.2258
Website: www.pnwdoulas.com
Areas Serviced:
Salem, Keizer, Santiam Canyon
Fee: Postpartum Fee Range of $25-35,
Labor Fee $600-1200
Email: creshea.hilton@gmail.com

Postpartum Doula Bio:
As your postpartum doula I know how invaluable support after a baby can be. I offer the essentials that every family needs to get going on the right foot: Emotional support, strong baby feeding experiences (breastfeeding, bottle and/or formula), newborn care and many other accommodations that support you as you learn your new baby. You know what raising your baby looks like and I am not there to change that. I provide you unbiased non-judgmental support while you traverse the following days and weeks of having a baby. Basic infant care, providing education as it is needed and supporting you as the weary hours may feel like too much. I give families the opportunity to rest, replenish and get started on the right foot in a way that feels right for them. As your doula I provide you with a safe environment for transitioning into parenthood. I support all family dynamics and look forward to working with you.

Birth Doula Bio:
As your birth doula I aim to be an important facet of your birth support team. I provide unbiased, non-judgmental support in whichever way you choose to birth.
Whether you decide to birth at home or the hospital or with an OB/GYN or a Midwife, I support all types of birth. My specialties lie in supporting high risk, VBAC and unique family dynamics. I am on call and work with a fellow doula to be on call from the minute you sign my services. If you deliver at 28 weeks or at 42 you can be rest assured that a doula will be at your birth. My many experiences with birth allow me to support you in your birth vision and however it feels best for you. As your doula I work professionally with other staff to support you during one of your most pivotal moments in your life.

Specialities Postpartum:
Multiples, Cesarean Support, Day/Night support, Cooking for all dietary needs, LGBTQ Families, Surrogacy, Belly Binding

Specialities Labor:
VBAC, High Risk, Cesarean, LGBTQ Families, Surrogacy

Merriah Fairchild

Merriah Fairchild

Merriah FairchildBridgetown Baby Postpartum Doula Services
www.BridgetownBaby.com
(503) 970-9554
Merriah@BridgetownBaby.com

Serving East Portland Metro Area, Clackamas County and Vancouver
Daytime and Nighttime shifts available
Fee: Sliding Scale
Free initial in-home consultation

Every baby is a life-changing gift.  But the transition can sometimes feel overwhelming.  I can help provide a bridge of support as you grown into your new life.

As a certified postpartum doula and lactation consultant (IBCLC), I provide non-judgemental physical, emotional and informational support after your birth.  I will offer a range of supportive services to nurture you and to aid in the transition of adding a new member to your family including; support with self-care and postpartum recovery, breastfeeding and general newborn care, help with household tasks such as laundry, light cleaning, running errands and preparing meals.

My role at times may be as simple as holding your baby while you shower or sleep, or talking with you about your experiences as a parent.  As your postpartum doula, I will also act as a source of information, providing referrals as needed.

At the end of the day, my goal is to work myself out of a job by empowering you to care for your growing family with confidence and strength.

Julia-Rose Furman

Julia-Rose FurmanWildflower Doula Services
(503) 927-2557
Wdoula.com
juliarose@wdoula.com

I serve families from SE Portland, to Oregon City, to Sandy

Fee: $20-$35/hr sliding scale with bartering options available

I offer tenderhearted, non-judgmental, support in the early weeks and months postpartum. Through education, modeling, and encouragement, I empower parents to become adept in their new roles so they can nurture their newborns with joy, confidence and peace.

Having a baby is a big deal! Don’t forget about the 4th trimester… Most parents read books on pregnancy and and labor, take childbirth classes, decorate the baby’s room, etc but don’t take the same amount of time to prepare for the actual parenting that lasts far longer than pregnancy and childbirth. I’m here to help you with understanding your baby’s cues, creating an enjoyable breastfeeding relationship, finding times to take some much needed naps, learning how to care for, swaddle, soothe your newborn, and to ensure you are eating nutritious foods that aid in healing and making delicious milk for your baby. Come on over to my website and contact me so we can meet.

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